CliffsNotes – September 5, 2017

One of you pastor-types asked me if the August BOA meeting (my first official BOA since taking office) was “productive”. I asked Darryl to give you a teaser and now let me fill you in on some of the discussions and decisions we made. I’ll let you decide if the meeting was productive… As it […]

CliffsNotes – August 29, 2017

Dan and I spent all of our time in the capital city Colombo, so I didn’t get to see much of Sri Lanka. I did however meet pastors from all over at the Annual Meeting. They greeted us warmly and I feel like I’m leaving with many new friends. There is an ongoing court case […]

CliffsNotes – August 22, 2017

I’m feeling very French today! This weekend Karlene and I met with most of our pastors and their spouses from Quebec (I was really proud of Karlene for dusting off her one year of high school French for the weekend: she met with all the pastors’ wives, and then taught a worship seminar the next […]

CliffsNotes – August 15, 2017

This past Sunday Karlene and I enjoyed the opportunity to be with our Pine Orchard Camp family. The camp chose to invite an anointed young adult worship team to lead the family camp. What a God-moment when I realized that I was using the Bible passage immediately following the passage that Thomas Eng had used […]

CliffsNotes – August 8, 2017

A few years back Terry and Cindy (our pastoral family in Newmarket, ON) contacted me to extend an invitation to use a cottage designated for pastors. “It’ll cost you $100 for the week Cliff,” he said, “and that’s only to pay for the cleaner to prepare the cottage for the next guests.” Karlene and I […]

CliffsNotes – August 1, 2017

I have been asked very good questions about my first trip out west, like “what did you learn?” and “is there a common thread in the how we all do church?” I don’t yet think I am fully aware of everything that I learned, but I did experience a lot: warmth, love, and anticipation of […]

CliffsNotes – July 25th, 2017

I look forward to telling you about some of our (Karlene’s and my) experiences with our churches and pastors in Calgary, Okotoks (did you know that we had a church in Okotoks?!), Edmonton, Mewassin (don’t try GPS’ing there – you’ll end up in a lake!), Spiritwood, Melfort, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon (where making reference to […]

CliffsNotes – July 18, 2017

Last Sunday I was at the Hampton Free Methodist Church. You heard them share their inspiring story at General Conference on how their focus is on being a Community Centre. They came to this Ministry Plan by prayerfully and carefully considering the needs of their community. They asked if “we build a building, how will […]

CliffsNotes – July 11, 2017

Good Afternoon Friends, It’s Summer Camp season and Bishop Cliff and Karlene are at Arlington Beach Camp located near Cymric, SK this week for the Family Camp. Please keep the camps in prayer as they open their facilities to hundreds of kids, teens and families throughout the summer, offering them not only a chance to […]

CliffsNotes – July 4, 2017

I want to begin by thanking the General Conference for giving me the opportunity to serve on the BOA. This is my third, and therefore final, term on the board and it has been an enriching experience. I have gotten to know board members whom I would not likely have otherwise met, become more knowledgeable […]